Every time you go through your home, every time you are in an Area of Focus, take time to open and examine each drawer, cupboard, and closet.
- Maintain what you have already accomplished by putting each area back in order any time you find anything out of place.
- Continue to release things you realize you do not need or use. Remember, to earn a place in your home an item must be useful or beautiful, preferably both.
- Be aware of what you have and where it is stored. Yesterday as I was going through the storage in my office I found a recipe I had been looking for and thought was lost forever. When I was severely disorganized I continually bought new items because I could not locate what I already had.
- Each time you go through your home you will get better at releasing things you do not need, especially those things that have value but are taking up valuable space. Some people are paying for storage units to keep junk. If you don’t need it, if you don’t use it, if it makes you miserable, get rid of it—donate it, give it to someone who wants it and will use it, or throw it away.